theDeadline is a personal assistant application designed for users and their team members. Users can create new tasks using a straightforward quick entry field. Users can add a ‘#’ before specific words to identify them as tags associated with that specific task. Tasks can be assigned to individuals by adding a “@” along with the responsible person’s email address. The application will automatically add the task to the recipient’s task list or invite them if they do not have an account. Task completion is tracked along with other activities, such as notes taken, emails and phone calls so the user can easily get an update without asking their team members directly. A work stream is available for teams to help them track project progress and stay within their required time frame. The application is also equipped with an experience system that lets each team member accumulate experience for completing tasks.
theDeadline was founded in May of 2010 by Stefan Richter. The application was created to give teams a better way to manage tasks. While not as popular as some task management services, theDeadline has turned a few heads on the web. The service is simple and provides a laid back alternative to some of the more sophisticated task management options. The privately held, Germany-based team behind theDeadline continues to monitor practicality and functionality to improve the service.
The main difference most users will notice with theDeadline is the way commands are executed. The user can enter specific symbols directly into the task entry field to add new tags or assign the task to someone on their team. The symbols are easy to remember, so users won’t have to spend much time memorizing commands to use theDeadline. Other than that the service is much like every other task manager out there, with a basic tracking tool and completion updates.
theDeadline maintains a professional but friendly feel throughout the user interface. The application favors soft purple hues with a few charming graphics scattered throughout. The design is very clean and gives the user unrestricted movement as they create tasks and follow project progress. There is no clutter. The design isn’t the most cutting edge available, but it works well and adds a lightly elegant flourish to the user’s overall experience.
A new user can get started by clicking the orange “Sign up for Free” button found near the lower, left hand side of theDeadline’s homepage. The next page invites the user to create a forever free account or begin a one month free trial of a premium account. After selecting the desired account, the user is asked to provide an email address and enter a Captcha code. The next page advises the user that a confirmation email will be sent to them. This must be accessed to complete registration and login.
theDeadline offers one free and five paid membership options. The free plan includes unlimited tasks and unlimited collaborators. The Micro plan costs $29.95 per month and includes access for up to five team members, seven projects, team news feeds, motivation system and team stats. The Small plan costs $49.95 per month and includes access for up to 10 team members and 10 projects. The Medium plan costs $99.95 per month and includes access for up to 20 team members and 20 projects. The Large plan costs $199.95 per month and upgrades to include 50 team members and 50 projects. The Extra Large plan is the most expensive, costing $399.95 per month. Extra Large includes access for 100 team members and up to 50 projects.
theDeadline is appealing to users who have small teams that need an easy way to track project progress. The service can streamline communication and reduce delays by giving each team member a place to look for updates. While this is very helpful, it’s not a new concept. Users who are already using an online task manager might be hard pressed to find a reason to switch to theDeadline.